Kenyatta Pays Tribute to Departed Oman Leader, Qaboos bin Said

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned the death of Sultan of Oman, His Majesty Qaboos bin Said al Said.

Kenyatta sent a message of condolence and encouragement to the people of the Sultanate following their leader’s death.

Sultan Qaboos, who is one of the longest serving Arab leaders, passed on last evening aged 79 years after a long illness.

President Kenyatta described the late Sultan Qaboos as a “visionary” and “charismatic” leader who was committed to the transformation of his country.

“Sultan Qaboos was a great leader who was devoted to improving the wellbeing of his fellow countrymen. He was also committed to international peace and worked hard towards promoting peace and stability in the Middle East,’ said Kenyatta.

“May the Almighty God comfort the people of Oman as they mourn this great leader. We will forever cherish his contribution to human development through his generosity whose fruits are enjoyed by many in the international community,” the President said.

The Head of State, who recollected the colorful history between Kenya and Oman especially the pre-colonial commercial ties between Mombasa and the Sultanate, said the late Sultan was a “quiet peacemaker”.

President Kenyatta assured the Government and the people of Oman that Kenya stands with them at this difficult period of mourning.

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